I think the last time I did one of these was back in the spring, and I’m sure I called it something different. Ahem– while writing my review for The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp I found out that there are quite a few different covers available, three totally different ones in North America alone! Check it out:
This one is for the hardcover edition, which is what I read. It’s a very spy-meets-sword kind of thing, high tech yet referencing the past.
This is for the paperback version. Kinda simple, but very cool. (It seems very British to me, for some reason?) I especially love the juxtaposition of the heavy sword with the obviously modern kid.
Very high tech and spy-ish here, for the mass market paperback edition. I actually kind of hate it– it doesn’t represent at all the elegant parts of the book and makes it seem like it’s full of explosions and…flying cars? But I can see how it’d appeal to fans of the YA spy genre.
I think if I was giving Alfred Kropp to a kid I’d pick the second cover for sure. It seems more friendly and fun. The first cover would be good for an adult’s present, and the third for…maybe a very young kid? Though I’m not sure I’d want a very young kid to read about people’s heads being chopped off. Hm.
What do you think? What’s your favorite cover?